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Students at Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School in Henderson County, NC, celebrated Get Local @ School apple month this February by inviting Chef Matthew Linebeck from Season’s Restaurant at Highland Lake Inn to come and teach them how to make delicious apple recipes.

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Who’s the picky eater? Not Matilda! A little girl with adventurous tastes turns the tables on her food-fussy parents and teaches them that dinner can be more than chicken nuggets.
 
Matilda Macaroni loves to try new foods, whether it’s her grandma’s jambalaya or sushi at a sleepover. But, in this fun, twisted picture book, it’s finicky mom and dad—not the child—who eat only pizza with pepperoni (delivered), burgers from a bag, or noodles from a box. Eager to experience new flavors, Matilda secretly sets out to learn how to cook, satisfy her hunger for something more . . . and expand […]

On a sunny afternoon in early winter, first grade students at Isaac Dickson Elementary School in Asheville, NC, learned to make cornbread from locally grown corn.

Recipes for a Successful School Garden simplifies the process of planning and running an elementary school garden while following a year’s curriculum of a seasoned 20 year old school garden. The book highlights the successes and lessons learned and is a resource for parent volunteers and teachers looking to plan, garden, teach and cook outdoors in the garden. “School gardens are important for many reasons—instilling a love of nature, re-connecting children to the source of their food, providing a meaningful and authentic teaching tool, and awakening children to the awe and wonder that exists in a garden. This is a wonderful […]

Miss Bun loves cooking recipes from her Great Nana’s cookbook. One day she decides to create her very own recipe for veggie soup and invites her friends over for dinner. But too many cooks in the kitchen leads to disastrous results! The book includes Great Nana’s recipe for veggie soup.

Kindergarten students from Cullowhee Valley Elementary School cook apple cabbage quesadillas with help from Western Carolina University pre-service teachers and dietitians through ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Cooking Program!
Education and nutrition teachers: Use this video as a tool to show students how to conduct classroom cooking demonstrations.